The Imperial Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • The property offers "old-school grandeur reminiscent of a bygone era, premium service and quality food within an environment boasting traditional elegance", says The Daily Telegraph
  • The Tarka Trail series of footpaths and cycle paths is less than a minute's walk away and Tapeley Park and Gardens is less than 20 minutes' drive away
  • Braunton Burrows is 30 minutes' drive away and the coastal village of Porlock is an hour's drive away

Enjoyed This
(81 Member Ratings)
"Good feeli g & good restaurant"
May 19, 2018
Uttoxeter, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The Imperial Hotel is five minutes' drive from Barnstaple railway station, which has regular services to London Paddington via Exeter St David's railway station. The A361 is less than five minutes’ drive away. There is free parking.

Rooms & Rates

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The Imperial Hotel is perched beside the River Taw in the centre of Barnstaple, north Devon. This "smart and attractive" (The AA) hotel is less than half an hour's drive from the beaches at Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Croyde. The seaside resort of Ilfracombe, "framed by precipitous cliffs, elegant town houses, golf greens and a promenade" (Lonely Planet), is less than 15 miles away. It is believed to be a favourite hang-out of the artist Damien Hirst.

The Tarka Trail, a series of footpaths and cycle paths that follow the route taken by the fictional Tarka the Otter in the book of that name, is less than a minute's walk away and Tapeley Park and Gardens, a historic country estate with a Grade II-listed mansion house, is less than 20 minutes' drive away.

Glassmaker Dartington Crystal, where you can try your hand at glass painting, jewellery making and glass blowing, and Exmoor Zoo, boasting 175 species and over 600 animals, are 25 minutes' drive away.

Braunton Burrows, part of a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is 30 minutes' drive away.

The coastal village of Porlock, described as "one of the prettiest on the Exmoor coast" (Lonely Planet), is an hour's drive away. The oysters from Porlock Bay were once a sought-after delicacy, supplying many restaurants in London throughout the 1800s.

The hotel's Arlington Restaurant offers fine dining while the smaller Colours Bar Bistro, serves food in a more informal setting.

Recently refurbished, the 63 rooms each have a unique design and come with free Wi-Fi. Some have views of the River Taw.



  • Bar
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib or extra bed are available, free of charge, for children aged 11 and under. This is room-only basis. Meals will be charged as taken. Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: There is a dress code required for the restaurant: no ripped denim, t-shirts or sportswear.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(81 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Percy R. Brend & Sons (Hoteliers) Limited (t/as The Imperial Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Good feeli g & good restaurant
Other Comments
Excellent hotel, very helpful & friendly plus good food
Stuart May 19, 2018 Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good food, friendly staff and good feel to the hotel
GRAHAM May 17, 2018 Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was a well managed hotel with efficient staff and service.
ROBIN May 14, 2018 HYTHE, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very relaxed feel to the Hotel and the waiting staff look after you extremely well
Other Comments
Perfect Location . Great mixture of old and modern furnishings .
Peter May 17, 2018 Essex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The dining experience.
Other Comments
The bedroom was on the 3rd floor but there was a lift. The room was on the small side. The bathroom was quite large but that seemed to be due more to the poor design than anything else. With a little remodelling, it looked as though space could be gained in the bedroom while making the bathroom a little smaller - but it all costs money.
Martin May 15, 2018 Siston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location
Arthur May 15, 2018 Saint Austell, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A touch of old fashioned class and service!
Other Comments
This is one of the best Travelzoo deals we have enjoyed. The hotel is elegant, beautifully appointed and our room was superior in every way. The furnishing were lovely. We overlooked the river and enjoyed the view. There were chocolates and fruit waiting for us when we arrived. Our meals in the restaurant were excellent and they catered very well for our special diets. The staff were extremely friendly and pleasant without being over the top. There was a dress code for guests eating in the restaurant - worth remembering for men to take a smart shirt and tie and possibly a jacket. All in all an excellent experience. Keep doing the deals - we would certainly stay again.
Sandra May 06, 2018 Hereford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The ambience, great food, comfortable and excellent staff.
Susan May 03, 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Smallish room but all very clean. Was a little disappointed as I thought it was right on the river. Dining room tables too small, had to keep shuffling plates around
joan May 05, 2018 Poole, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Well trained and efficient staff.
Other Comments
A very good hotel if you want to do some shopping in the town centre.
Christine May 14, 2018 Wadebridge, United Kingdom

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